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about 2 months ago by Thea Fraser

5 Reasons to Hire a Contractor

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Today is a great day to hire a contractor. 'Why’s that?' I hear you ask. Well, hiring a contractor is the perfect way to (temporarily) reinforce your workforce. You may have a return to work strategy in place that takes advantage of flexible furlough and staggers the return of your team, but lockdown may have highlighted skills gaps within your business. For example, here at Gleeson Recruitment Group, we have seen a huge surge in the demand for digital and IT professionals as the many companies are experiencing the need for some digital reinforcement. On the other hand, post lockdown, you may find yourself in the midst of a company restructure and could do with a handful of specialist skillsets to ease along the process, and that’s where a contractor or two could really show their strengths. 

There are countless benefits to hiring a contractor; here are our top five:

  1. They are cost-effective - You only need to hire (and pay) a contractor for the time that you need them, whether that is days, weeks or even hours. They are cost-effective in that they won’t increase your permanent headcount, meaning you won’t have to budget for an entire salary, sick pay or annual leave.


  1. Filling in the gaps – Contractors are often highly qualified, experienced and flexible, making them a valuable resource for one-off projects, emergency cover or unexpected peaks in trade. They will enable your business to respond quickly to unexpected surges and lapses in workload seamlessly.


  1. They often work remotely – They usually provide their own equipment and software for the job and can support your business remotely. That means no additional costs on tech or training. They have a proven track record of hitting the ground running, delivering business-critical requirements independently and adding value to a business from day one.

  1. Contractors come job-ready – They often have specialist skillsets and are familiar with the latest technology and software. Contractors who temp regularly have had exposure to a wide variety of businesses, giving them a holistic understanding of their industry. Not only can they provide your business with fresh perspectives, but in sharing best practices with inhouse staff, they may save your business future training costs.

  1. They have short notice periods – Even in the turbulence that we are currently experiencing, contractors are available to start at short notice, sometimes almost immediately. They are not subject to the same contractual implications as permanent employees. No waiting for lengthy notice periods, your business has access to a pool of knowledge and expertise at the drop of a hat.

Contactors are a time and cost-efficient way to alleviate some of the pressure that your business may experience in the upcoming months. As expected, we have seen a noticeable increase in the demand for contractors and, with the IR35 Reform being pushed back to April 2021, now may be the right time to hire one.

While the future remains uncertain, no doubt we could all use a fresh injection of energy and expertise to keep our operations running smoothly, with no strings attached. For more information and support, contact marketing@workwithglee.com | 0121 631 1751.